But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. — Lord Byron

The Sixth Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival and Writers’ Conference will take place Friday through Sunday, Nov. 6-8, at venues throughout the picturesque town located in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains.

PhilipLeeWilliamsThe festival lineup of activities will feature presentations from both highly established and new and emerging authors, including Philip Lee Williams, winner of two Georgia Author of the Year awards, and Raymond L. Atkins, who has been honored as Georgia Author of the Year for First Novel and who is a frequent LikeTheDew.com contributor.

There will also be a series of events related to the authors’ fields of expertise, including a poker tournament, a tennis demonstration, and children’s drawing lessons. A Shakespeare-themed literary quiz and scavenger hunt, lunch with the authors at The Smith House Restaurant and Hotel and a Saturday night extravaganza at Montaluce Winery’s Owners Club are also on the festival schedule. Also planned are readings, panels, and vendor booths.

CatherineCoulterA seminar on the “Business of Art, or Art as a Business” will include workshops presented by Sheree Bykofsky, author, publisher, literary agent, and adjunct assistant professor of publishing at New York University; William Rawlings, Jr., author of Crossword and four other mysteries; Steve Savage, co-author of Guerilla Business Secrets, and Catherine Coulter, author of dozens of bestsellers, including contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic thrillers and the “FBI series”. The conference will be held at NGCSU Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.and costs $75 per person or $65 for students. Call Sharon at 707-864-6848 to reserve space at the seminar.

Admission to the Saturday night extravaganza, which includes a presentation by poker expert Sheree Bykofsky on poker winning strategies, is $5, and reservations can be made with Regina at [email protected]

Complete festival information, including the list of authors and events, can be found at www.literaryfestival.org, and there will be a detailed schedule in the Wednesday, Nov. 4, edition of The Dahlonega Nugget newspaper.


Photos: Top: Philip Lee Williams. Bottom: Catherine Coulter.

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Brad Clayton

Brad Clayton is a long-time Atlanta-area journalist.